I am obsessed with the Saints’ slogan – DO YOUR JOB.
It’s simple, direct and commanding.
I’ve posted a few things on my Facebook page about it, not just as a call to arms for the Who Dat Nation on Sundays (and the occasional Monday) but for us all, all the time.
In conversations with students, I sometimes hear complaints about professors:
• S/he assigns work, picks it up, and the students never see it again.
• S/he stands in front of the classroom and reads from the textbook while students are “encouraged” to follow along in their own copies.
• S/he never posts or distributes a syllabus, so students have no idea when things are to be read, discussed or due.
I’d say each of these professors needs to be reminded to do their job. Prep, grading, lecturing…all are part of the job. Even if we complain long and loudly about it, as professors, we know this going in.
Students have a job to do as well. Unlike the K-12 system, colleges expect students to be partners in the learning process. It’s not so much “take notes and take tests” at the university level. It’s coming to class prepared to take part in discussions; it’s following assignment specifications to get the most out of each learning opportunity; it’s meeting deadlines and expectations.
I sometimes hear students say, in response to admonishment for poor or lazy work, that they’ll behave differently when they’re being paid to do their jobs. My response is always the same: This IS your job, and you ARE being paid. You’re earning a grade, developing skills, gaining experience, making connections, creating a professional reputation. Your job is to work hard to get the most you can from your education so you can be the best person you can be, both in the workplace and in the community.
I also add that their bad habits will continue into the workplace – and in life – and haunt them until they’re either dismissed or change their ways. It’s not about getting paid; it’s about doing the job and doing it well.
Fortunately, at Loyola, students tend to take their jobs – and our Jesuit mission – very seriously. A case in point:
The members of the PR Campaigns and Writing for Public Relations classes are working with their community partner, the Louisiana SPCA Community Clinic, to provide better lives for our pets, who improve our quality of life. LA/SPCA works to “advocate for the animals of Louisiana by advancing their welfare, promoting their interests, and fostering the human/animal bond through innovative programs, education, and service.” And they do it through the efforts of more than 400 volunteers who contribute 21,000+ hours of service annually.
The LA/SPCA staff and volunteers do their jobs. Our PR students are already at work, doing their jobs, working toward viable, strategic and professional-level communication solutions for their community partner.
Are you doing YOUR job?